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How to Stop Worrying and Accept that Learning a Language is Unfair — Going Beyond Day Trader Style Language Learning

July 25, 2013

Learning a language is profoundly, fundamentally unfair. At no time, at no point in the process, are you ever getting as good as you give. Of course, overall you will; overall, the quality and range and volume of your output shall be determined by the frequency of your input. But at any given moment, you are always either getting...

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12 Free Lazy Kanji Example Cards

July 20, 2013

So, I find that example can really help clarify a point in a way that explanation cannot. The explanation, principles and rationale for Lazy Kanji remain the same; these are just elucidating examples. Thanks to MDBG, Heisig and Alia for the kanji definitions and stuff. Remember: always write out your kanji by hand once per rep. Handwriting is still...

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Start Dirty: Why A Clean Slate Is Bad For You and What To Do About It

July 15, 2013

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Intermediate AngstRing the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in. ~Leonard Cohen So, I’m a bit of recovering perfectionist. I’ve walked that terrible path; it still comes up here and there, especially if I latch...

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Support Ticket System: Code Veronica

July 14, 2013

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Great Support Ticket System Backlog of 2013Resident Evil FTW! “But it’s called Biohazard in Japan, Khatz!” STFU and leave me alone! Anyway, this is a little update to let you know that a human being named Veronica is now, quite literally, taking care of business as far as...

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Cloze Deletion Mode Groups in Surusu

July 12, 2013

There are several cloze deletion modes (=clozemodes) in Surusu; they can be grouped into (currently) three categories. Selective Selective modes stochastically select a subset of words or snippets (of various lengths), ensuring that only some (i.e. a subset of) of what gets entered into the “clozetexts” box actually gets used. This guarantees an interesting and challenging mix of cards...

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SRS: How NOT to Delete Cards

July 10, 2013

Those of you who read any AJATT at all will notice that I am a huge advocate of card deletion. I am a believer!…In the healing power of throwing away. It’s digital danshari (斷捨離=だんしゃり) for the SRS generation. But, as in all things, while there are many right ways to do it, there are also some wrong ways. Some...

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